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Hotels in the Central/South America Region Report Mixed Performance Results for Q1 2019

For the first quarter of 2019, hotels in Central/South America reported an increase in occupancy of 0.6% to 58.1%, a decrease in ADR of 4.5% to $100.35 and a 4% decrease in RevPAR to $58.27.
Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro - Photo by Agustín Diaz on Unsplash
Rio de Janeiro metrics lifted by Carnival, less competition in the market

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  • Rio de Janeiro metrics lifted by Carnival, less competition in the market
  • Santiago performance helped by growth in corporate travel

Hotels in the Central/South America region reported mixed performance results during Q1 2019, according to data from STR.

U.S. dollar constant currency, Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018

Central/South America

  • Occupancy: +0.6% to 58.1%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -4.5% to US$100.35
    Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -4.0% to US$58.27

Local currency, Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018

Rio de Janeiro

  • Occupancy: +12.2% to 63.8%
  • ADR: +5.4% to BRL403.46
  • RevPAR: +18.3% to BRL257.40

The absolute occupancy level was the best for a Q1 in Rio since 2015, while the ADR value was the highest for an opening quarter since 2016. STR analysts note that March specifically produced significant year-over-year growth in the market with a boost from Carnival. Occupancy and ADR were up 25.0% and 30.0%, respectively, leading to 62.5% growth in RevPAR. Also helping performance in the market during the quarter was a 2.6% decline in supply, which strengthened hotelier market share. As noted in STR’s Global Hotel Study, property closings have been common as an uncertain economic environment and a lack of consistent corporate and leisure business has created difficult operating conditions.

Santiago, Chile

  • Occupancy: -2.5% to 67.8%
  • ADR: +6.2% to CLP82,917.47
  • RevPAR: +3.5% to CLP56,208.62

According to STR analysts, weekday RevPAR in the market grew 4.7% during Q1, while weekend RevPAR was mostly flat (-0.1%). This is an indicator of more corporate business in Santiago, which has been consistent in the market. Unlike other destinations in the region, Chile has displayed relatively stable economic and political conditions, which has led to large brand investment in the country.

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